Background: Bad design hinders our ability to comprehend and use information, whether the information is numerical, visual, textual. I designed a dynamic analytic dashboard for diabetes online communities research with the goal of presenting information effectively.
Research: The original quantitative data was analyzed through Excel, SPSS, and visualized through Tableau and PPT; the qualitative data was analyzed through Nvivo software.
Challenges: choosing an appropriate form to present statistical and qualitative information on a limited interface was challenging.
Samples of design strategies:
- A bar graph gives people a more accurate impression than a pie chart for data comparison between different groups, whereas a pie chart is best to use when comparing parts to a whole.
- Color must be used sparingly and strategically because dashboards are often densely packed with information.